Feijoada (Black Bean Stew): IP and Slow Cooker

Feijoada is a tasty stew with many versions, but it first appeared in Portugal, using white beans and pork. I found this Brazilian version online but modified it to be able to use the Instant Pot and slow cooker.

If you have lots of leftover meats from other meals, this is the perfect stew to make. The final result has at least as much meat as beans, which makes it really flavorful and perfect with rice.

Why didn’t I just throw everything in a pot and cook it on the stove?

  1. I really don’t like picking out pieces of ham bone or cartilage when I’m eating stew. They can be difficult to find among the other ingredients.
  2. Browning the meats and veggies before adding them to the stew gives them more flavor.
  3. I live at a high altitude, and beans take way too long to cook on the stove, even in plain water. Adding more ingredients makes them take even longer.
  4. I like being in control of how much ham flavor goes into my stew. Sometimes, cooking the bone directly with the beans makes the final result too salty.
  5. With the traditional method, it takes 5 hours of constant babysitting so it doesn’t boil over or run out of water.
  6. Black beans splatter purple everywhere.

The Ham and Corned Beef

Add to the Instant Pot:

leftover ham bone + attached meat (much cheaper than buying a ham hock)

12 oz. corned beef (raw, plus its seasoning packet)

1 c. water

Cook for 75 minutes and release the pressure after 15 minutes. Set everything aside, including the broth. Remove the bones from the ham and discard when it’s cool. Cut the corned beef into chunks.

If you have ham and corned beef that are already cooked, use about 1/2 lb. of each in the final stew. There is no substitute for the ham broth, though.

The Beans

No need to clean the Instant Pot. Add the following:

1 c. dried black beans

4 c. water

Cook at pressure for 25 minutes (if the beans aren’t too old) and natural release. Drain and set aside. Alternatively, you can drain and rinse 2 cans of cooked black beans.

The Meats and Veggies

While you’re waiting for things to pressure cook, cook in a pot until browned:

1 large onion, chopped

1/4 lb. mild Italian sausage

1/2 lb. smoked sausage, sliced

In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add and stir until fragrant:

1 T. minced garlic (about 3 cloves)

Finishing: Stove or Slow Cooker

Add all of the previous feijoada ingredients, plus the following, to a slow cooker or the pot you used before:

1 c. crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce

enough water to cover all the ingredients

salt to taste (I didn’t use any since the meats were salty enough on their own.)

Simmer for at least 30 minutes on the stovetop or 2 hours on high in the slow cooker. Serve feijoada with rice and greens. It tastes even better the next day!

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Feijoada (Black Bean Stew): IP and Slow Cooker

I found this Brazilian version online but modified it to be able to use the Instant Pot and slow cooker.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 6


  • pressure cooker
  • slow cooker


  • 1 ham bone
  • 12 ounces corned beef and seasoning packet
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup black beans dried, or 2 cans drained
  • 4 cups water omit for canned beans
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/4 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 cup tomatoes crushed, or sauce


  • Cook the ham and corned beef in the pressure cooker with the water for 75 minutes with a natural release for 15. Debone the ham and chop all the meat. Set the broth aside.
    1 ham bone, 12 ounces corned beef, 1 cup water
  • Cook the dried beans with water in the pressure cooker for 25 minutes with a natural release. Or, use 2 cans of black beans, drained.
    1 cup black beans, 4 cups water
  • In a pot, saute the onion and meats until browned. Add the garlic and stir for 1 more minute.
    1 onion, 1/4 pound ground Italian sausage, 1/2 pound smoked sausage, 1 tablespoon garlic
  • Add all of the previous ingredients to a slow cooker. Add tomatoes and enough broth and water to cover the ingredients. Cook on high for 2 hours. Serve with greens and rice.
    1 cup tomatoes
Keyword beans, beef, ham, sausage
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